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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation


The Foundation seeks to leave a thriving Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to future generations by protecting habitats and wildlife, advancing scientific understanding of the Sanctuary and inspiring the public to be its stewards. The Foundation envisions a healthy MBNMS recognized as a national treasure for its unique, abundant biodiversity and widespread community support.

The Big Idea

During these uncertain times, people from all over the state are flocking to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to find solace, inspiration, beauty and life. The Foundation is the chief advocate and supporter of the stretch of ocean known as the “Serengeti of the Sea,” supporting a diversity of marine life found nowhere else in the world. The MBMNS Foundation funds the ocean heroes who find and free whales that are trapped in nets and ocean debris. Sanctuary docents educate visitors on how to appreciate wildlife without risking their own safety or the lives of vulnerable animals. The foundation’s programs to prevent wildlife disturbances are chronically underfunded, yet vitally important.

As a fisherman, surfer, and ocean lover, I am incredibly grateful for the diverse ecosystems and wildlife that exist offshore in Monterey Bay. Throughout this pandemic, the ocean has been incredibly important to my personal wellbeing and to the wellbeing of the greater Monterey community. We are lucky to have a coastline protected within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and I hope that we will continue to protect this special place into the future.

- Adam Silverstein

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.